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Roman Catholic missionaries should aim to win souls and not restrict themselves to humanitarian good works, the Vatican said December 14. A new 19-page document, which was personally approved by Pope Benedict XVI, draws on a controversial Vatican declaration he issued in 2000 asserting that Catholics alone have “the fullness of the means of salvation.” The new document, issued by the same doctrinal office of which Benedict was the longtime head, aims to correct a “growing confusion” among theologians who argue that “it is enough [for missionaries] to build communities which strive for justice, freedom, peace and solidarity.” The document also seeks to debunk the notion that it is “possible to be saved without explicit knowledge of Christ and without formal incorporation in the Church.”


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